It’s still only 2022, but that doesn’t stop Android manufacturers from releasing their big flagship phones that will be on sale for most of next year. After the launch of Vivo last month, the OEM that will launch a phone with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC is Xiaomi, simply named Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro. These two models represent large (6.73-inch) and small (6.36-inch) phones of different designs.
The smaller phone is more interesting because – look, it’s the iPhone! Xiaomi is fond of copying Apple, and with its flat peripheral range and square camera block, it’s hard to see the Xiaomi 13 as anything other than an iPhone. It looks much better than the curved Xiaomi 13 Pro, but that’s only because the flat sides of the iPhone also look good. (I’m still shocked that no Android OEM has copied the dynamic island yet.) The larger “Pro” model is a generic Samsung-style design with curved screen edges and a beveled ring around the phone. The Pro-model’s only design flourish is swapping out the glass-ceramic back panel.
Both phones get the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. This is a 4nm chip with ARM Cortex X3, two Cortex A715 CPUs, two Cortex A710 CPUs, and three Cortex A510 CPUs. As we talked about during the chip’s launch, this combination of four different core designs is a strange, non-standard design designed to extend 32-bit support for another year. ARM wants to eliminate 32-bit, but Qualcomm and Android aren’t ready yet.
As for other specs, the Pro has a 6.73-inch, 120Hz, 3200 x 1440 OLED display, while the smaller model has a 6.36-inch, 120Hz, 2400 x 1080 OLED display. Both come with 1GB of RAM. 8 GB or 12 GB and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB storage. The Pro model has a 4,820mAh battery and 120W wired charging, while the base model has a 4,500mAh battery and 67W charging. Both have 50W wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6E (not the optional Wi-Fi 7 support on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, unfortunately), and IP68 dust and water resistance.
The camera block on both models is essentially the same footprint as the iPhone but in a cleaner grid layout, with one large lens covering all three cameras. There is a small cutout line between each lens, which will hopefully stop the glare you can get from one large piece of glass. The Pro model gets a 50MP, 1-inch Sony IMX989 as the main sensor, along with a 50MP wide-angle and 50MP telephoto sensor. The non-pro model has a much smaller 1/1.49-inch sensor for the main camera, along with a 10MP telephoto and 12MP ultrawide.
These phones will never make it to the US market, but they usually get some kind of European release. Right now, they are in China starting at 3,999 Yuan (~$573) for the base Xiaomi 13 and 4,999 Yuan (~$717) for the Pro model.
Listing image by Xiaomi
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